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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Say Hello to the New Flat Aggie!

The school year is back in full swing, so that means that Katie of Rural Route 2: Life & Times of an Illinois Farm Girl and I must get busy with Flat Aggie preparations.  If you haven’t been following Flat Aggie’s adventures, you have been missing out.  Flat Aggie is an educational tool we use to teach students (and a few teachers) across America about agriculture and how food is raised with the help of famers across the country as well.

Flat Aggie is a cousin to Flat Stanley the character in books by Jeff Brown.  This is the fourth year that Flat Aggie will again travel the country visiting farms and ranches to learn how crops and animals are raised.  Along the way Flat Aggie learns about local sites, geography, how weather affects the farms and much more. 

Teachers of Kindergarten through Fourth Graders have found the reports useful to teach social studies, science and math.  Katie and I do all the work of finding the farmers to write the reports and take pictures.  Katie even puts together a one page information sheet for each report with additional resources, classroom activity ideas and much more.  I write a Farmer Math post to go with each report.  The questions in the math start very easy and get progressively harder…sometimes very hard.

This year Flat Aggie is planning to travel to California, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas and many points in between.  We are very thankful to have a full itinerary for Flat Aggie to travel this year with 2-3 stops each month!

If you are a teacher or know a teacher that would like to teach their students more about farms, farmers and how food is raised all across the country, please fill out the contact form on this page or send a message to the Flat Aggie Facebook page.  We will put you on the teacher email list.  We promise not to spam you, but will send you links to the reports, All About pages and Farmer Math, so you don’t miss a single post.  Some teachers even print out the reports and put them in an envelope, so the class receives a letter from Flat Aggie instead of email. 

Want to see where Flat Aggie has been in the past?

Check out the Flat Aggie Tab at the top of this page or Click Here!  I think I need to start traveling with Flat Aggie!  How about you?